Monday, October 10, 2011

Charles Bradley: No Time For Dreaming

After several years of trials and tribulation, Charles Bradley finally is living his dream to make music. First getting his inspiration from seeing James Brown perform in 1962 at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, he realized at that time that he wanted to be an entertainer. From years of bouncing around the country and disappointments along the way, Bradley settled back in New York City to perform under the moniker "Black Velvet".

While performing at the Tarheel Lounge in the Bed-stuy section of Brooklyn, Gabriel Roth of Daptone Records happened to be in the audience and recognized his raw talent that is reminiscent of the vocal style of Otis Redding. Roth signed him to the Dunham Records division of Daptone where he recorded "Take It As It Comes" with the Sugarman 3. Noted for their revivalist styling of 60's and 70's funk and soul music, it is at Daptone where Bradley is dubbed the "The Screaming Eagle of Soul".

Releasing a stream of singles since 2002, Bradley has released his first full length album titled No Time For Dreaming. His first single from the album, "The World (Is Going Up In Flames)" expresses the same type of depth, delivery and feeling as Syl Johnson's "Is It Because I'm Black". For full bio, tour schedule and to purchase CD's and vinyl, visit Enjoy!

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